Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2.
Some thoughts on prayer from our passage today…
Keep praying and be persistent. Give constant attention to prayer, just as you would someone you love dearly, someone you are “devoted” to! God is always with us, so we can continually speak with Him. Let Him know what you are thinking, what you are wishing, what you are concerned about.
Be alive and active in your prayers. We don’t thoughtlessly say the same things over and over to someone we love, rather we are fascinated and occupied by who they are. Our conversation is lively and cherished. We want to talk to them about everything, from what seems insignificant to our deepest desires. Speaking to the one we love, who is also the Creator of all things, should certainly keep us alert!
For God’s presence and listening ear we can be thankful. Instead of only asking for things, let’s thank God for what He is going to do. Through faith, we know He hears and is going to answer, and gratefulness can be part of our requests.
Let us be alive and overwhelmed by thankfulness as we never stop talking with our Father. Devoted, and full of hope, in prayer.